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Mac Jones has had a rocky 2022 NFL season. For at least one night, the New England Patriots star looked like a potential franchise quarterback again.
If only it hadn’t come in a losing effort.
Jones toasted the Vikings defense for 382 yards and two touchdowns on 28-of-39 passing as the Patriots fell 33-26 to the Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving.
Social media was effusive in its praise of the 2021 first-round draft pick.
Bleacher Report @BleacherReport
Mac Jones vs. the Vikings tonight pic.twitter.com/WQH4fmGTdU
Jones would’ve had another touchdown catch were it not for a controversial overturn in the third quarter. The officials originally ruled Hunter Henry hauled in a six-yard catch but reversed the call upon a video review because the Patriots tight end momentarily lost control when he hit the ground.
It was reminiscent of Dez Bryant’s catch that wasn’t a catch in the 2014 playoffs, and the man himself was among those to chime in.
Doug Kyed @DougKyed
Dez is heated over the Hunter Henry non-catch pic.twitter.com/ydQn1T6870
Robert Griffin III @RGIII
New England settled for a 25-yard field goal to cap off the drive.
The overturn didn’t decide the game, but those four extra points would’ve allowed Bill Belichick’s team to play for a field goal on its final possession instead of needed a touchdown to tie the score.
By falling to 6-5, the Patriots slipped from sixth to eighth in the AFC, putting them on the outside of the wild-card picture. They may not stay there for long since the Cincinnati Bengals have a tricky game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday and the New York Jets are starting Mike White at quarterback against the Chicago Bears.